WASHINGTON -- A majority of adults say President Barack Obama does not deserve a second term but are evenly divided on whether he will win re-election next year, says a new Associated Press-GfK poll that highlights some of the campaign obstacles he faces.
Although the public would prefer Obama be voted out of office, he fares relatively well in potential matchups with Republicans Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. Another bit of good news for the Democrat: For the first time since spring, more adults said the economy got better in the past month than said it got worse.
The president's approval rating on unemployment shifted upward -- from 40 percent in October to
45 percent in the latest poll -- as the jobless rate fell to 8.6 percent last month, its lowest level since March 2009.
But Obama's approval rating on his handling of the economy overall remains stagnant: 39 percent approve and 60 percent disapprove.
For the first time, the poll found that a majority of adults, 52 percent, said Obama should be voted out of office while 43 percent said he deserves a second term. Separately,
49 percent expected Obama to win re-election while 48 percent think he will be voted out of office.
Despite the soft level of support, many are uncertain whether a Republican president would be better. Asked whom they would support, 47 percent favored Obama compared with 46 percent for Romney. Against Gingrich, the president holds a solid advantage, receiving 51 percent compared with